Friday, June 20, 2008

Good-bye to my childhood hero. The man that I thought could bend steel, save the world from injustices, and cure any illness. This day truly is the hardest day I have ever been through. This post is covered in tears, full of love, and the saddest post I hope to ever make. I will miss my dad. Calvin will miss his Papa Doug. I will miss the twinkle in dad's eyes when he would look at Calvin. Of all the things my dad and I did together, we definitely argued the best. I will miss our regular debates and how he constantly encouraged me to expand my thoughts. I will miss his loving guidance above all. I will never forget how proud my dad was of me as I graduated basic training, went off to the desert, and the day I gave him his first grandchild. Dad wasn't full of emotional words. Often, it was the little things he did that let me know he loved me unconditionally. I'll never forget the gentle pat on my hand as he tried to choke back tears right before he walked me down the aisle.

Dad, I will miss you always. There will not be a day that goes by that I will not think of you. I ask you to watch over us from above and help us to get through the next few days. Thank-you for everything you have given me, but above all for you unconditional love and support.

Love,
Your daughter

15 comments:

amberlindemann said...

Christina,

My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

-rick, amber, rj and heidi

Sarah D said...

Chrisitina,

Rebekah e-mailed me with the sad news this morning and I have thought of you all day long. I wish I could do just something to help. And if I can, let me know. I cannot imagine how awful things must be for you right now. I can only hope they will get better. Until then, know that people are here for you even if it is just through the computer.

Sarah

Dawn said...

Christina,
Oh my God. I am beside myself right now. If you need anything, whatever it is, please let me know. I am always here for you. We all loved your dad.
Love, prayers & hugs,
Dawn

Rebekah said...

Christina- I'm so very sorry for you and your family! we have been thinking of you and praying for you continuously today. You have so many friends that love you! Do not hesitate to call if you need something!

Love you!

Rebekah

sjaxn said...

Christina,
I don't know if you know me or not. I vaguely remember you from when I was a kid. My mom is Myrna Jackson and she worked at Effingham with your dad and has worked with him at Salem as well. She called me this morning and told me about what had happened. I am so sorry for you and your family. He was a good man. I remember many company picnics at Effingham with him and your family. He will definitely be greatly missed by many people.

I stumbled on your blog a month or so ago and when my mom told me what happened this morning I was hoping you'd post something because I really wanted to send you a message. My mom and I will be there Sunday and you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

With Sincerest Sympathy,
Sarah Jackson

Just something I thought was fitting:
It will be the little things
that you will remember,the quiet moments,the smiles, the laughter.
And although it may seem hard right now,it will be the memories
of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.

Jamee said...

Your family is in my families prayers.

Carl said...

I just want to remind you that I am thinking of you and you are in my prayers. As well as the rest of the family. I love you all.
Carl

Amanda M said...

I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words for me to tell you that it will all be okay. Just know that I pray for you and your family. May God hold you and support you in your time of need!

Your blogger Friend
Amanda

Aubrey said...

Words cannot express how deeply sorry I feel for your loss. No one should have to lose their father at a young age and Calvin his Grandfather at aneven younger age.

I know you have a very large support system with your family, but also know that those of us online who don't technically know you will also be there if you need us.

Keep your head held high, and remember all the good times!

Love,
Aubrey

Bill said...

Christina,
I'm so sorry for your loss! I will pray for you and your family to find peace and strength through this tough time.
With sincere sympathy,
Jessica

Csrolyn said...

Tink, I am SO sorry for your loss. I know you loved you dad very much. I remember you talking about him often when we lived in England.
Cal me if you ever need to talk. My thoughts are with you.

emily said...

Your family is in our prayers too.

Bridget said...

Christina, I know that I have already told you but I am so sorry for your loss. The girls at work wanted me to let you know that you and your family are in their thoughts and prayers also.

I have had you on my mind so much this weekend and just want you to know that I will be here for you if you need ANYTHING at all. Love you, Bridget

Major Mom said...

Christina, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad -- you're in our prayers. You gave him a beautiful tribute post, best of luck in working through the grieving. Stay strong!

-Patricia

Kimmylyn said...

Christina,

I just read this post. I am truly truly sorry for your loss. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain you are going through right now.

Prayers to you and your family.

Kim